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After Shutting Down the Senate, What's Next?

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After Shutting Down the Senate, What's Next?

After Shutting Down the Senate, What's Next?

After Shutting Down the Senate, What's Next?

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If Senate moderates can't drag their parties into a compromise, a showdown over judicial nominees looks inevitable. If all goes according to script, first the Republicans revoke Democrats' ability to filibuster nominees, and then in retaliation, Democrats begin a threatened slowdown of Senate business.

Amid talk of the "nuclear option" and filibusters, it remains possible that the Senate could shut down. Would anyone notice?

Guests:

Andy Kohut, director of the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE), Member of the Group of Twelve trying to reach compromise over filibuster

Ron Elving, NPR's Senior Washington Editor